At approximately 6:50 a.m. on Sunday, November 13, units were dispatched for a reported house fire in the 4500 block of Hillbrook Road in Annandale.
Units from Fire Station 8, Annandale, arrived first to find a two-story single family home with smoke showing from the roof area. Crews quickly located a fire in the basement area of the home. The fire was extinguished and contained to the basement.
At the time of the fire one adult occupant was home, noticed smoke in the house, and called 9-1-1. The occupant safely self-evacuated prior to fire department arrival. Smoke alarms were present in the home and did activate.
Fire Investigators determined that the fire originated within the utility room in the basement. The cause of the fire was accidental in nature; storage of ordinary combustibles placed too close to the boiler system.
There were no reported firefighter or civilian injuries. Red Cross assistance was required for two adult occupants of the home.
Damages to the structure and property were estimated to be $100,000.00
The Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department would also like to remind all residents to keep in mind the below safety tips as it relates to placing combustibles near a heating source:
- Keep at least three feet of clearance between your heating source and anything combustible.
- Do not store combustible materials in closed areas or near a heat source.